was pleased on several occasions to play with ERIC FRANCERIES, and that
always was for me a complete happiness. Endowed with a marvellous technique
and an irreproachable taste, he has all in its hands and its heart to
make a beautiful career of soloist."
ERIC FRANCERIES Controls his art with sensitivity. He is always an interpreter
knowing to join together his technical possibilities with the service
of a high musical spirituality."
guitar is a splendid, but diabolic instrument. The listener does not
know always what are the talent and work necessary to emit only one
sound of it! And perhaps when all these sound pearls are poured with
floods of melodies, rhythms and harmony, the music lover does not realize
which sophisticated computer resides in the head of the artist guitarist,
especially when this one is class of ERIC FRANCERIES."
FRANCERIES is for me the example of a complete artist, joining together
an extraordinary technique, an exceptional presence, a great intelligence
in his analysis of works, and an extraordinary musical quality.
FRANCERIES goes through the generations and the borders of the six strings,
becoming , with the passing of years, the "crossroads man"
of the classical guitar..."
Classic Acoustic- Hors Série N°5
Review, CD "Classique?"
Classique, Sept 2010
marseillaise, August 2010
Guitar Magazine, UK, June 2010
first concert, the 5th "Guitarmaniaks" festival, put the high
bar by proposing the duet "Buenos Aires". The tango is the very dance
of the love and it is this feeling that offer Eric Franceries and Jeremy
Vannereau for this music, to which they dedicated their life. The most
beautiful, is that they manage splendidly to communicate this love to
their public. It's a real dive in the tango world that both interpreters
offered on Friday evening to the circle Saint Martin in Colmar. All
was perfect , various tangos were interrupted with anecdotes. And after
having discovered its crossing origins (milonga, candombe and habanera)
in the Argentina of the 19th century, the spectators were introduced
to little secrets of the tango...It is especially the irreproachable
play of the guitarist and the bandonioniste which conquered the public.
Nothing to criticize...
12 Septembre 2008
review - CD BUENOS AIRES
one (Eric Franceries), is guitarist; the other (Jérémy
Vannereau), a well known Savoyard . The osmosis is completed: the true
Argentinian Tango in all its magnificence ...A pure masterpiece. Amateurs
of the true Argentinian tango, get this CD. compliment for the design
to Caroline Blanchemain
- May 2007
2006 Décember, 18
- -2006 April, 11
GUITAR ACADEMY welcomes Eric FRANCERIES
May 28 at 3 p.m., the Academy opened its doors to Eric FRANCERIES.
guitarist, with simplicity, humour, generosity, offered to the participants
moments of intense musical pleasure. Virtuosity, sensitivity, an extraordinary
sound, all captive and dazzle in this Master of the guitar.
FRANCERIES, uncontested Master of the guitar on stage
out of the common run, a masterly technique.
Eric Franceries once more allured the public with his classical guitar.
in the field of the rock'n'roll and the blues, qualify their virtuosos
guitarists like "Guitar Heroes". Eric Franceries, in the field of classical
music, amply deserves this qualifying . Wednesday evening, one of the
current Masters of the guitar, offered a recital which attracted a large
public of purists and music lovers, of which a significant part of young
people. Eric put his masterly technique at the service of impressive
music (Capriccio Diabolico by Castelnuovo Tedesco, or the impossible
variations by Denis Mortagne on a theme by Lalo Shiffrin), but it also
made sing his guitar in an intense way in the homage to Django Reinhardt
or the dances from Latin America that he shines upon. The first part
made it possible to hear a classical and baroque repertory , writing
at the origin for lute and harpsichord, that this virtuoso succeeded
to play without dryness in spite of the difficulties related to the
contrapuntic writing by Bach or Scarlatti. The assistance was gradually
conquered by this concert and expressed its enthusiasm by many "encores".
At the end of the concert, it is with the smile that Eric received his
many admirors to dedicate his new album to them: Lights of Spain.During
the next months , the performer must offer many recitals in France and
in the whole world.
Roannais, 26juillet 2004
presse du CD "Lumières d'Espagne"
Lumières d'Espagne Eric Franceries CD 0103AZALAI
CD concert, remember to our minds the
. The guitarist
Eric Franceries doesn't plagiarizes this of which he was the pupil.
He just kept all the characteristics of the Alexandre
Lagoya School who
proposed for the guitar some beautiful musical effects.
the first piece "Recuerdos of Alhambra" by Francisco TARREGA, one can
listen to a melody which leads to the meditation and which captures
the attention for the continuation of the program...:
de la Caleta" by Isaac ALBENIZ, is showed as a painting where the luminosity
and its contrasts are played among various architectural contours.
Immediately followed by "Sevilla". Here the concert performer skilfully
the easy effects that this music could bring.
by Emilio PUJOL, call us on a méditative interpretation .
"Aires de Sevilla" composed by the talented guitarist JOSE MARIA GALLARDO
DEL REY, makes us discover the
flamenco music . "Fuego
" by the same author, is moulted in an immaterial music of pure expressivity.
Then the music by Joaquin RODRIGO is exposed until the end of the CD.
It is known that it requires much virtuosity on behalf of the musician
, and it is approached here with the same concentration as the preceding
pieces. "En los Trigales" which one knew faster tempi, is played in
an often peaceful rhythm. "En Tierras de Jerez" proposes
a true fireworks of sounds . "Sonata Giocosa" - in 3 parts,
ends this concert and will
let the listener on an impression of proximity of poetry, heat and light
title of this CD thus does not betray the waiting of the listener and
one must also greet the quality of the recording and the good sound
of the guitar
Thibaut Avril 2004
of Spain" by Eric Franceries is a recognition
and discovery of the Spanish inheritance travel,
from the beginning of the century to nowadays.The Famous "Recuerdos
de Ahlambra" allows to be in the mood before listening two pieces by
Isaac Albeniz, "Rumores of Caleta" and "Sevilla" ,before a very sensitive
"Evocation" by Emilio Pujol. Then comes the surprise from this album,
the discovery of the guitarist and composer Jose Maria Gallardo de Rey,
a contemporary born in 1958. In his "Aires de Sevilla", this composer
succeeded to introduce his knowledge of the flamenco to the service
of original musics for traditional guitar. Construction and harmonies
are impregnated by Flamenco Nuevo from Paco de Lucia or Vicente Amigo.
Eric Franceries makes of it a masterly interpretation which reflects
the immersion which was his own to impregnate himself with these "Lights
of Spain". This travel is completed in "Tierras de Jerez" by Rodrigo,
then with "Sonata Giocasa" by this same composer, ignored enough works
which is pleasant to be appreciated on such a level of interpretation.
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" Guitarist Acoustic ", Mai 2004
concert for the MUSICADES 2003
emblematic concert to pass to the spring version in 2004
the famous "Musicades" have push back the main of their 14th
edition in spring. That did not prevent them from marking their last
autumnal presence in a concert which appeared as a triumph.A full Molière
Concert Hall for an emblematic program :mix of musical styles and generations
of performers, music in creation and come back. At the side of Jean-Claude
Pennetier, the pianist Christian Ivaldi who formed part of the founder
team of Musicades. Fraternal beginning with the version for four hands
piano of "Ma Mère l'Oye" by Maurice Ravel. The two partners avoid
the miniature aspect , reaching an almost orchestral size.The top
in the concert was the French creation, after Germany, of the last chamber
music work by Suzanne Giraud. "Envoûtement V", is an extraordinary
"motu perpetuo " for guitar and string quartet, where the
difficult writing expresses an underground tension from beginning to
end that seems always ready to explode. With in particular a guitar
part with a terrible technical relisation . the musicians, very
exceptional by their precision and their communicative concentration:
the guitarist Eric Franceries,outstanding virtuoso , and the
Satie Quartet very efficient...
FRANCERIES , deux Maîtres à jouer -Dauphiné
DE CLERMONT. From the union between two instruments of popular extraction,
guitar and panpipes, was born the purest musical jewel which is .
is true that they are two instruments among simplest: strings and reeds
", notices Eric Franceries. "And with these basic instruments we
play a perfectly completed classical music". Double meeting between
two large international virtuosos and two instruments with very complementary
sonorities, it was occurred by it one of these concerts which mark
the most demanding musical seasons . The traditional sobriety of
the classical guitar of Eric Franceries, allied to the dreamer charm
of the light notes of Simon Stanciu's panpipes took with the trap the
most subtle spirit of the music, given again to the Minuet of Boccherini
a youth and a grace that one did not know to it any more, given a priviligiated
place to the "Entr'acte" by Jacques Ibert. Allured by the
grace moving by adagios like one undoubtedly never heard some, the excellent
public, well informed about things of the music, could not be retained
to applaud in homage to the two musicians at the end of the second movement
of the "Grande Sonata" by Giuliani . Eric Franceries, who
knew "to erase" his guitar to put it at the service of the panpipes,
gave his full measurement of great musician in the interpretation of
a "Debussyenne" sensitivity , of two musics by Albeniz. One
evening rich of musical emotions of a rare purity.
simple, if this magic duet gives again a concert in the area, stop all
and run to hear two musicians with the cordial contact and the immense
"Journal de Saône et Loire"-17 mai 2002
sous le charme
and Simion Stanciu made with the first concert of the very new Guitar
Festival in Cormatinois an unforgettable moment. Nobody, among the two
hundred spectators who have listened the first concert of the festival
found word enough strong to say what he had just lived. Thanks to the
guitar of Eric Franceries, to the panpipes of Simion Stanciu and to
the beauty of the selected pieces the evening was magic. It was one
of these moments of reality and intense happiness as the life can sometimes
offer to us. From Carulli to Ibert, while passing by Borodine, Barrios,
Albeniz, Bartok and some other composers, Eric and Simion took along
their public in a splendid voyage throughout the world all while bringing
it to discover another musical dimension. Eric Franceries' way of playing
all in shades , constitutes a true treat for the guitar lovers. Alternating
power and lightness, linking with happiness dexterity and sensitivity,
raising the whole of a fine touch of tenderness and sensuality, Eric
and his guitar are just one . Under its nimble fingers the instrument
sings, laughs, cries, becomes inflamed... lives, quite simply. As for
Simion Stanciu'panpipes, it become magic under the quality of interpretation
of his Master . The exceptional virtuosity of this great musician, whose
international fame is very well known, let think that he is amusing
with all the difficulties raised as well by an archaic instrument as
by the innumerable classical figures. playing together, answering themselves,
alternatively letting one dominate the other as for better finding a
second breath and imposing themselves again, Eric's guitar and Simion's
panpipes, accomplices as well as friends under the influence of their
players, held the public under the charm. Added to that the humour of
the artists, their sympathy, their simplicity and of course their fantastic
ability, the measurement of the evening is given. More than great, it
Espour - Dureuil
les Eaux , 9 Décembre 2001
for the Maurice ANDRE's arrival December the 15 and 16, Jean Bauchet
concert hall in Forges les Eaux already knew last Sunday a concert among
the most successful which announce well the musical festivities
of the end of the year. A pure moment of happiness. Eric FRANCERIES,
accompanied by the Orchestra conducted by Jean-Pierre BERLINGEN, had
showing us that a guitar was much more than one piece of wood decorated
with six strings: it is an instrument which, between good hands, is
carrying magic. It is in the presence of Alexandre LAGOYA's widow that
Eric FRANCERIES will have achieved his splendid demonstration, first
of all playing a music by Carulli, accompanied by her daughter Chloé
to the flute. Teaching himself at the Chambéry Conservatory, Eric FRANCERIES
was then surrounded by three of his better students, Régis CASTIN, Olivier
PELMOINE and Jérémy JOUVE. The quartet thus played a masterly interpretation
of the "Pavane" by Ravel, for the greatest pleasure of the audience
which was transported still more thereafter in the concert with
the Aranjuez Concerto by Joaquin Rodrigo. The Orchestra confirmed its
great talent and it is with a true ovation that the first part of the
concert ended. The second part saw the Bandonionist Albert HAMANN joining
to the orchestra and Eric FRANCERIES, and it is at the very roots of
the tango that the musicians went to draw their energy for a high colored
performance . The public asked some encores and the musicians had the
pleasure to play again . After all, it was to a "Christmas in Family"
that the public was invited. This great family of musicians coming from
the different places of France, thus has, by her talent, offered a
Journal "La Provence"- Samedi 18 Août 2001
of a great musician
stage , a chair, a restfoot: the guitarist does not have no need more
to enchant his public. Wednesday, in the "Chambre de Notaires"
of the "Palais des Papes", near by the paintings of Gao Xingjian,
Eric Franceries offered a very beautiful concert , melting traditional
and modern compositions, splendidly interpreted. With virtuosity, certainly,
but especially with all the sensitivity of which a great Guitar Master
is able. Even we were gifted, at the end of the program, to a very beautiful
Bossa Nova , and a samba (congratulations for the simulation of the
Brazilian rhythm thanks to the crossed strings). And the beads of sweat
which beaded on his face recalled how much can cost in concentration
such a performance. The true talent . C.P.
Journal de Saint-Barth" N°384 - Wenesday 26, January 2000
encounter with Eric Franceries Eclectic Guitarist
Bermuda shorts, a poloshirt and sandals, Eric
Franceries has adopted the Caribbean vacationers dress code in the few
days since he arrived in St.Barth. But don't let looks fool you, the
French guitarist, like all of the other Music Festival musicians, hasn't
come for a laid-back holiday in the sun. With three concerts and three
rehearsals in three days, there's been little time for wiggling his
toes in the sand or discovering the natural charms of an island that
he is revisiting for the first time in ten years.
in heaven when Frances Debroff invited me to be a part of his year festival,"
explained Eric on a rehearsal break Saturday morning at the Anglican
Church. "What I really lke is the particular ambiance of this festival,
so unique from others. Kindness and conviviality are key, and the friendliness
of the people here is great".
But, what Franceries feels also sets this festival apart is the exceptional
quality of Festival participants and of the chemistry that is creating
during each encounter. 3Things happen here that just don't happen anywhere
else. Conventions fall by the wayside, there is something pure. You
don't find that anywhere but here," he said.
from an artist who has become a reference point for classical guitar
and who performs 70 to 100 concerts a year throughout the world, his
comment takes on a particular dimension.
Evoking his experience during Friday nights concert during which he
performed Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez, Franceries remembers the connection
between the audience and the musicians. " There was a moment where,
despite our differing personal experiences and backgrounds, we all came
together to make music come alive. If we can take audiences and other
musicians to a higher plane, that's its own reward." It's a reward that
he receives jealously at each performance, and one that fedds his passion
for original musical adventaure.
as a classical guitarist, Franceries won first prize at the National
Conservatory of Music in Paris at the tender age of 20. He went on to
receive awards in international music competitions including Carpentras,
Sassari and Radio France. Though he had every reason-spured by his string
of successes- to never venture out classical guitar, Franceries didn't
hesitate to diversify his repertoire, applying his genius to other musical
genres with equal mastery.
He played jazz with Claude Bolling, with whom he performed in St. Barth
and whith whom he released a 1994 CD, entitled "Cross Over USA", that
won them the Music Victory award. Franceries went on to explore others
styles, including folkloric music.
he works with a young variety singer and is accompanied by a bass player,
a viola player, and a synthesizer.
is fond of saying that his guitar is an eclectic one. "I adapt it to
different styles and I take roads that most guitarists usually don't,"
he comments. Franceries seems both happy and comfortable with the artistic
choices he's made to branch out and declares that he plans to continue
giving his artistic curiosity free reign. "The 20th century witnessed
a lot of musical cleavages. The 21st century should prove propitious
for fusion a good thing for music." YB
Kansas City Star", Monday, March 16, 1992
introduced FRANCERIES for a solo classical guitar composition. "Folies
d'Espagne", by Fernando SOR, moved trough darkness and light, intospection
and frenzy. FRANCERIES' blend of fretted and harmonic notes gave the
piece a rich texture.Hard as it was to choose, "Concerto for Classical
Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio" was my favorite. FRANCERIES' wonderful
descending line was set against BOLLING's exquisite rythm playing and
occasional echoes of the melody. -John Mark Eberhart
Palm Beach Daily News", Monday, April 23, 1990
is an extraordinary guitarist in the classical tradition. He returned
after intermission to play a classical solo "Cathedral"
by Barrios, and showed a breathtaking ability - Juliette Marcellus.
Hartford Courant", Saturday, March 5, 1988
has a bright, clear technic, reminiscent of Andres SEGOVIA on the Spanish
pieces, and of Django REINHARDT on the swing numbers. -Owen Mac Nally
presse du disque "Musique de Buenos -Aires"
par Albert HAMANN (bandonéon) et Eric FRANCERIES (guitare)
excellent CD gathers a dozen perfectly typical Argentinian Tangos.
They are here rather recent compositions of "nuevo tango", therefore
of very worked music . In addition to the very famous piazzolla, represented
well here, appear music far from being uninteresting from Marconi, Plaza
and Frederico. Environment is nostalgic and tragic : music with flashes
of rage, hypersentimentale and paroxystic. Hamann and Franceries have
in their repertory the double concerto for bandonion and guitar of Piazzolla.
Decidingto dig this vein, they developed a whole repertory of Tangos,
traditional and modern. One is an excellent bandoneonist, the other,
Eric Franceries, is well-known as guitarist and pedagogue. He is also
an untiring concert performer. Nothing more méritorious for this artist
coming from the classical world to launch out successfully on widened
musical ways thus opening doors to the guitar, repertory and ways of
playing. These Tangos are remarkably well played: it is varied,
dynamic, with contrasts. Perhaps one feels sometimes the classical formation
by a precisely impeccable side, almost too organized, that popular musicians
would not have. But thus a popular style becomes classic and acquires
a "reconnaissance" . Bravo!
Jondo CJ 01 ).
DRY. Les Cahiers de la Guitare.